Sunday, April 30, 2006

Where I'm From

Many memes are short responses to simple questions.
This one is different.
Deceptively straightforward, I found the more I worked on it,
the more I worked on it.
And in the process I remembered more things
more answers led to more stories
and help explain the simple question
Where am I from?

Thanks to Bozoette, where I first saw this meme.
The original template can be found here.


Where I'm From
I am from the mitten, from Vernor's Ginger Ale, from the majestic Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, the Mighty Mac and The Great Lakes.

I am from the white house at the fork in the road, from a sunny yellow kitchen with the ominous three-legged chairs, from an old climbing tree in the back yard and dinners announced by the clanging bell down the street.

I am from daffodils in the spring and dandelions in the summer, lovingly picked, presented and displayed in an old-fashioned juice glass.

I am from breakfast before Christmas presents and uncontrollable laughter at the dinner table. I am from Nellie and Hazel and Emma, lovely old-fashioned names that remind me of mountainside cabins, beautiful artistic creations, and picture puzzles done on the floor at the tender age of 88.

I am from a wicked wit and a strong opinion. I am from having to stop everything in order to look it up, because not knowing simply will not do.

From Brer Rabbit in da' briah' patch, Andy Panda, and a daily reading of Play with Me.

I am from the Glorious traditional Episcopal heritage. From religious pomp and circumstance, from good music, sacred aerobics and Sunday brunch.

I am from the Motor City, Motown and the land of The Lions and the Tigers. I am from little boy salad, black-eyed peas on New Years and cinnamon toast when you're sick.

From the sled that went down the mountain in the Black Forest. From bears at Yosemite. From Topo Gigio and Larry the Lion. From Snoopy and his red scarf. From twirpy birds and garbanzo beans.

I am from the Spanish turtle that rings, the small wooden chair with the secret compartment and the purple marble grapes -- perfect for hiding the purple Easter Egg. I am from The Pink Sheets, the Family Cookbook, two enormous brown photo albums and a closet full of slides. I am from all those Sunday dinners where the only thing better than the food is the stories.

This is where I'm from.

2 comments:

mensch71 said...

Vanna says "Q".

Bozoette said...

Lovely!